Bought myself some glass shatterproof Tupperware at the Container Store for meal prepping starting next week! Take that Tourette’s! Failing to plan is planning to fail!#tupplife (the picture above is not mine. Will take picture of the food and container next week)
Meal prepping is such a great way to ensure your success as you start on this journey towards living a healthy lifestyle. It saves you money, time during the week and keeps you from straying from your meal plan and eating spontaneous, unplanned, unhealthy meals. It takes some time and a lot of preparation, but it is WORTH IT!
What is meal prepping?? Preparing all of your meals and snacks for the week beforehand so that you don’t have to cook during the week or go off of your plan.
TIPS FOR MEAL PREPPING
1. Choose one day a week to plan out your meals.
Whether you are having the same thing for your lunches or dinners all week, or are making variations, pick a day to plan out what you are going to have for the following week. I try to do mine on Thursdays so that I am set to go grocery shopping on Saturday and don’t have to think about what I need to get.
2. Write out all of your meals for the week, by day, on a piece of paper.
Visually seeing each meal written gets you organized and gives you an idea of how much food you will need to buy for the week. This is especially important if you are doing multiple meals for lunches or dinners!
3. After you write out your meals, make a grocery list based on those meals.
Go through and calculate how much food you will need and write it all out on a grocery list. Be thorough and make sure that you aren’t leaving any ingredients out multiple shopping trips are not fun!
4. Pick one day for grocery shopping and the next day to meal prep.
Trying to do both in one day can be a lot. I used to be a procrastinator and do all of my shopping and prepping on Sundays, but I realized this is A LOT of work for one day. Now I will shop on Saturday and cook on Sundays. Breaking it up makes the process less daunting. I would suggest using these two days too!
5. When you start meal prepping prep your foods first!
Sounds weird, but I like to chop my veggies, cut up my chicken, line by baking sheets, etc. before I cook anything! This is time consuming, but makes things a little easier once you start to actually cook!
6. Cook it up!
Meal prepping is the ultimate test of your multitasking skills! I know it will be hard at first but you will get the hang of it! As your veggies are cooking in the oven, have your quinoa boiling on the stove and your chicken grilling on the George Forman. Once everything is done, divide it up into your Tupperware, pack it in a bag and put in the fridge so all you have to do during the week is grab and go!